An Ohio rideshare accident attorney can help individuals who have been injured or harmed as a result of an accident involving a rideshare driver or their vehicle. Rideshare companies are popular for ease of use, however, lawsuits allege that some drivers were negligent in crashes while operating their vehicle. People who have been injured in accidents involving a rideshare automobile could be eligible to recover compensation with the help of an Ohio rideshare accident lawyer.
For more information, contact the Attorney Group for Ohio today. Our consultations are free, confidential and without any obligation on your part. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim we can connect you with an affiliated Ohio rideshare accident attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
What is Ridesharing?
Sometimes referred to as carpooling, ridesharing is when people share a vehicle to reduce the amount vehicle trips and to save money. Rideshare companies such as Lyft and Uber have taken the practice of ridesharing and combined it with the use of smartphone technology. Unlike traditional carpooling or ridesharing, Lyft and Uber have been able to capitalize on smartphone applications to create an easy, often affordable way to travel around town.
Car Accident Injuries
People who are involved in car accidents may face a number of potential injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Head and neck injuries
- Brain injuries
- Spine injuries
- Internal bleeding
In addition to passengers and drivers, pedestrians who are involved in car accidents may have damages to their limbs as well as other injuries. Likewise, people may also suffer from emotional and psychological distress, possibly leading to post-traumatic stress disorder, and loss of a loved one.
Ohio Rideshare Accidents
According to a report published in The Columbus Dispatch, a woman died from injuries suffered after she was pulled under the rear wheel of an SUV in Columbus in 2015. The driver of the SUV was working for Uber at the time of the accident. Reports indicate that the woman was beside the vehicle when it began to move and pulled her under. At the time of the report, investigators were still looking into the details of the accident and no charges had been filed.
In April 2014, over a year before the Columbus accident that claimed the life of one woman, the Ohio Department of Insurance (ODI) issued a consumer alert regarding ridesharing apps, including Lyft and Uber. In the alert, the department warned of possible insurance gaps for both drivers and passengers. Since the ODI press release, Lyft and Uber have updated their insurance coverage to supplement personal insurance policies that drivers are now required to have.
How an Ohio Rideshare Accident Attorney Can Help
Rideshare companies and their drivers have a duty to provide a safe environment for its passengers, drivers, other commuters, and pedestrians. If there are risks of harm associated with rideshare company drivers, the company must also provide adequate warnings and safeguards. If a driver fails to fulfill this duty, they, as well as the company, could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
People injured as a result of a car accident involving a rideshare car through no fault of their own may be eligible to recover money for:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
The families of those who have died in car accidents may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.
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